By Dave Pearce
To say that Austin Little is a good athlete might be an understatement. The 6-foot-4, 285-pound North Posey senior took time away from preparing for this past weekend’s wrestling semi-state to participate with his classmates, in a signing day on Wednesday at North Posey High School. However, he will be playing football in college. Little will be a preferred walk-on at the University of Indianapolis after turning down some opportunities at other institutions.
“I was a little bit surprised that what they offered was a preferred- walk-on but I am happy with it,” Little explained. “It means I have a spot on the team in the fall but I will have to work for a scholarship position.”
But having to work for what he gets is nothing new for Little. The senior has had as much or more success in the individual sport of wrestling as he has in the team sport of football. He feels that will bode well for him as he travels to Indiana’s Capital City.
“When you look at the awards I have won and how far I have advanced, I have probably been more successful in wrestling but I don’t want to wrestle in college,” Little said.
Little has numerous accolades in football, as well, being chosen All Conference and has made the cut, along with teammates Wes Harness and Nick Neidig. They are among the 140 best football players in the south half of the state. The final team (40 or so) will be selected in March.
“North Posey has done so much for me,” Little said with sincerity in his eyes. “It has made me who I am. It has humbled me and taught me all about hard work and teamwork.”
But perhaps some of his highest praise was reserved for his high school football coaches, including head coach Joe Gengelbach.
“He is the best around. You can’t argue with 44 years,” Little said. “He is obviously doing a lot of things right. He and Coach Rynk (Paul Rynkiewich) have been a big influence on me.”
Little said football has not always been the favorite part of his life. But now, he is glad that he hung in there during the tough times.
“When we started playing in the fourth grade, I wanted to quit and continue playing soccer because my brother played travel soccer but once I got to junior high, I realized I wanted to play football at least in college,” Little explained. “I never really thought I could go pro but I wanted to at least play in college.”
The soccer skills from his younger years have probably contributed to Little’s success not only on the football field but also on the wrestling mat. His agility, particularly during his senior year, is excellent for a player his size.
“I visited several other schools and weighed all the pros and cons and there wasn’t anything I could say I didn’t like about Indianapolis,” Little said of his choice. “I love the fact that it is in a big city. Their sports management program is top-notch. Their facilities are great because the Giants worked out there for the Super Bowl a couple years ago.”
Although he will go to the school as a preferred walk-on, his academics have paid off in some financial help on the academic side.
Little is uncertain as to when he will actually leave for the school but it is his understanding that he can go and work out if he takes a summer class and works on campus.
“We had 15 seniors this year and there the best people I have ever been around,” Little said of his teammates. “We knew when we had to be serious. We had fun every day and created new memories every day. That’s probably why I love this sport so much. There are so many relationships you have with this that you would never have otherwise.”
Little turned down an offer from William Jewel University in Kansas City.
“My family is happy too because they should be able to come to all my home games,” Little said. “And they are glad the decision has been made.”
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